Thursday, June 21, 2012

2 weeks already!

Wow, I cannot believe that two weeks have already gone by with my little man! Part of me feels like it was only yesterday that we went to the hospital and another part of me feels like he has always been here. It's weird how fast such a huge life change becomes normal. We can't imagine our lives without Landon's as if he has always been a part of our family, like something was missing before and he came along to fill that void.

"A mother's love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path."
-- Agatha Christie

At Landon's two week appointment we learned that he is already 11oz over his birth weight! "Gaining weight  like a champ" as the doctor put it. I guess I can stop wondering if he is getting enough to eat since almost all feedings are initiated by me and not him.

So far he is a super easy going baby. He rarely wakes me up at night, and now that I know I am allowed to let him sleep for up to five hours at night I'll be getting more sleep :) We'll see if this lasts! He definitely takes after his Momma's sleep patterns though in that he likes to be wide awake for quite a while around the 10pm-12am time frame and then not again until 9 or 10am...

Funny stories for Landon's first two weeks:

1. Within an hour of birth, Landon peed and pooped all over Mommy... he wanted to initiate me right away!
2. First diaper change home from the hospital AND Daddy's first diaper change ever - Landon peed all over with his diaper off. I guess he wanted to initiate us both right away.
3. During newborn pictures, Daddy was holding Landon (naked) and he peed ALL over Daddy's stomach. Hahaha....that was fantastic.
4. During another diaper change with Daddy - Landon peed with the diaper off again, only this time he managed to aim directly for his own mouth. YUCK!

I am learning from this that all of the funny stories involve pee or poop and that Landon likes to save these moments for Daddy quite often! 

Fun firsts and momentous occasions during the first two weeks:

1. June 6th - Birth and meeting most of the family
2. June 7th - home from the hospital!
3. June 8th - first doctor visit, first trip to the store.
4. June 9th - Met Aunt Kayla
5. June 14th - First time going out just Mommy and Landon.
6. June 15th - umbillical cord stump fell off and met Uncle Zach.
7. June 17th - First Father's Day, first long car ride, first trip to a restaurant.
8. June 20th - First binky AND first real bath (Landon seemed to enjoy both!) 

What a busy couple of weeks it has been! We are loving this experience and are excited to see what the coming weeks will bring! We are so in LOVE.

Also, Landon is looking forward to meeting some more special people this weekend and in the coming weeks!!

Monday, June 11, 2012

And baby makes three....

Family. The Webster dictionary defines the word as the basic unit in society traditionally consisting of two parents rearing their children; also : any of various social units differing from but regarded as equivalent to the traditional family <a single-parent family>. I guess that makes us officially a "family" now.

Our beautiful baby boy arrived in this world on June 6th, 2012 at 3:55pm weighing 8lbs measuring 21in long and absolutely perfect. It was the moment that our lives changed forever. After 21 hours of labor - our little miracle was placed on my chest and so began our lives a parents. The emotions in that moment were so overpowering that the entire world seemed to slow down and become a blur. I hardly remember anything that happened in the moments after he was born. The love that coursed through me as I looked at his face and heard his beautiful cry for the first time was the most intense moment I have ever experienced. I was crying. Matt was crying. I was trying to comprehend the emotions I was feeling and allow myself to realize that this was real! After 9 long months, he was finally here in my arms!
Going though labor and giving birth was by far the most difficult and most painful experience of my life. I've had nightmares that I had to do it over again. Then I look at my son's handsome face and I forget about it all. There is no greater gift in the world. This mommy could not have asked for a better birthday present than having her son home for her birthday! (I told Landon while he was in my belly that I wanted him to be here for my birthday - I guess he wanted to make sure to give me that gift!). This face is worth everything I went through to get him here.
Pregnancy and becoming a mommy is the best thing that has ever happened to me. That last month of pregnancy was so hard - I couldn't wait for it to be over! Now that my precious son is here, I kind of miss it. I never thought I would say that. I miss feeling him move inside me. I miss touching my belly and feeling his little body. I miss the feeling that my body was growing this little miracle. But being a mommy is so much better. The feel of his soft skin against mine. The adorable little baby sounds he makes. When he stares into my eyes. Even changing poopy diapers! I love every single second. I have a whole new appreciation for my parents. They love me this much?!?! I'm not sure I fully understood love before becoming a mom. The love I feel for my baby is so fierce and so strong it sometimes feels as if it could rip my heart open. I am in awe of it all. Total awe. 

This still feels a little like a dream. As if I will wake up and discover none of it ever really happened. I know that will change as having a baby in house becomes "normal", but for now we are just enjoying our time getting to know our baby boy - Landon Matthew Meo.

And baby makes three...